The Board of Education does not have to decide who is right or wrong about the mural. Each point of view can be respected if a new mural is painted representing “a more accurate picture of history.”
Since the Board was told that not keeping the mural, as it now is, could cost between $300,000 and $800,000, I propose that an appropriate sum of money be authorized to paint a mural with the opposing viewpoint.
Having two murals allows for fairness, respect for both views of history – rather than erasing one view – and preservation of a work of art. The Board’s value to treat ALL individuals equitably must be demonstrated by presenting both versions of history without imposing a bias of which is true.
Education should be about teaching students that there are controversies on many issues and then to provide students with the tools that enable them to make their own informed decisions.